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Master of Public Health Student Unpaid Placement, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health

Guelph, Ontario
Deadline March 9, 2017

Employment Type: This is an unpaid student placement
Location: Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Reporting to: Manager, Health Protection
Posting closes: March 9, 2017

Position Summary:

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health is a community-centred agency dedicated to promoting and protecting the health of Wellington County, Dufferin County and Guelph communities. Our team works to achieve this each and every day by offering important, evidence-based health information, programs and services. Our goal is to support our community members in achieving their highest level of health.

We are providing a graduate student placement opportunity for students wishing to gain exposure and experience in the field of tobacco protection and enforcement. Students for this placement must be enrolled in a Master’s program in public health or other health-related field. The student will have an opportunity to collaborate with a Health Promotion Specialist and a Public Health Inspector on the Environmental Health team to assist with the planning, implementing, and evaluation of a project to increase public awareness and compliance with the Smoke-Free Ontario Act (SFOA) regulations that prohibits smoking at sports fields and playgrounds.

Under the supervision of a preceptor the student will:

  • Conduct an environmental scan to explore messaging used to increase public awareness of, and compliance with, SFOA regulations.
  • Support the development of a communications plan to increase public awareness of SFOA regulations.
  • Conduct outreach to sports organizations in WDG.
  • Support the development of an evaluation plan.
  • Prepare a final report.

Hours of Work: Regular office hours are Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Position Effective: May 1, 2017


  • Must be currently enrolled in a Masters program (Public Health, Science in Epidemiology, Science in Health Promotion, and Health Evaluation will be considered) as an active student in an accredited school/academic program as recognized by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
  • Ability to work independently (under the supervision of a practicum placement staff)
  • Strong research and analysis skills
  • Excellent communication skills. This includes written communication skills to prepare an environmental scan and a final report. This also includes strong oral communication skills to assist in the facilitation of presentations.

For more details and to apply for the posting visit our website.

Closing Statement:

We thank all applicants, however, only individuals selected for an interview will be contacted.

WDG Public Health is an equal opportunity agency. Personal information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, and will be used to determine eligibility.

WDG Public Health is committed to providing accommodations during the recruitment process for people with disabilities. If you require accommodation(s), please advise Human Resources in advance and we will work with you to meet your needs.